Luis E. Chiesa and Alexander K. A. Greenawalt (Pace): Beyond War: Bin Laden, Escobar, and the Justification of Targeted Killing. Carol B. Schwalbe (Arizona): Visually Framing the Invasion and Occupation of Iraq in TIME, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report. Andreas Aagaard Nohr reviews The Iraq War: A Philosophical Analysis by Bassam Romaya. Recently unearthed documents and testimony reveal that the U.S.’s war crimes in Vietnam were far more widespread and egregious than previously known. “So many people died”: Nick Turse on the American system of suffering, 1965-2014. From Dissent, Michael Walzer on targeted killing and drone warfare. From ProPublica, Cora Currier on everything we know so far about drone strikes. Technology from libertarian futurists: Bring on the drones! Sandra I. Erwin on how political backlash not likely to diminish U.S. appetite for armed drones.
The inaugural issue of Culture and History Digital Journal is out. Historians look back, and inward, at annual meeting. Does history cycle? Peter Turchin on how cycles in history are not clocks, but feedback loops — this is why you cannot expect strict periodicity. Adam Timmins reviews A History of History by Alun Munslow. Here’s an interesting question for historians: Why do ideologues never seem to be aware of their own ideology? William Anthony Hay reviews History in the Making by J.H. Elliott. Conservative college professors Warren Throckmorton and Michael Coulter, authors of Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President, critique David Barton’s claims about Thomas Jefferson (and a response by Barton). Where have you gone, Gordon Wood? Michael D. Hattem wonders. Here are five ways history almost took a turn for the awful.
Michael Allen Hunzeker (Wilson Center): The Strategy Project. Clark D. Asay (PSU): A Case for the Public Domain. From Fathom, Norman Geras on how Israel has been made an alibi for a new climate of antisemitism on the left. Paul Salopek is going to spend the next seven years walking from Ethiopia to the tip of South America, retracing the journey of early humans out of Africa and around the world. Can we truly love our enemies? Philosopher Jerome Neu argues that our emotional responses can be trained. Why time is a social construct: Psychologists and anthropologists debate how different cultures answer the question, “What time is it?” Millions of pages of secret historical documents being unveiled to the public by the National Declassification Center. From Green Left Weekly, is there any reason for a revolutionary to watch a fantasy movie like The Hobbit?
Enzo Rossi (Wales): Contested Identities and Spatial Marginalization: The Case of Roma and Gypsy-Travelers in Wales. From Scottish Left Review, a special issue on the city. Theodore Dalrymple on sentimentalizing serial murder: A recent book exemplifies the erosion of moral judgment in Britain. Treat white working-class boys like ethnic minority, Willetts tells universities. Whose line is it anyway? Politicians are always on the hunt for a memorable sound bite — but many of their best-known quotes are not exactly what they intended. Bernard Porter on why the new British citizenship test distorts history. David Goodhart on why immigration must serve British interests. King Egbert and the naming of England: George T. Beech investigates whether a King of Wessex adopted a new name for his country in 828, but failed to implement the change.
From the European Journal of Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation, Angelo Presenza and Simone Iocca (Unich): High Cuisine Restaurants: Empirical Evidences from a Research in Italy; David Santomil Mosquera and Ruben Camilo Lois Gonzalez (USC): Souvenirs and Territorial Representations: A Case Study in Santiago de Compostela; and Beatriz Lacomba Arias and Jose Benitez-Rochel (Malaga): The Economic Effects of Taxing Tourist Accommodation. In the fight for secrecy, are the Koch Brothers like Rosa Parks? Conor Friedersdorf on why we need more relatively unattractive people to be naked on the street. Paula Cerni reviews Bullspotting: Finding Facts in the Age of Misinformation by Loren Collins. No institution connects every American so intimately and efficiently as the U.S. Postal Service — are we really sure we want to live without it?
A new issue of Childhood and Philosophy is out. Steven Vallas on the subtle code of inequality in children’s books. Are the smart kids more rational? Is technology making your kids mindless instead of mindful? Jessica Lahey on why parents need to let their children fail: A new study explores what happens to students who aren't allowed to suffer through setbacks. New research shows China's controversial One Child Policy has not only dramatically re-shaped the population, but has produced individuals lacking characteristics important for economic and social attainment. Could my child be responsible for the next tragedy? Parents with unwanted infants can safely leave them in so-called baby boxes, but do the children have a right to know who surrendered them? Charlotte Witt examines this issue. When I was your age: Or, what is it with kids these days? Maria Konnikova wonders.
A new issue of the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation is out. Christopher Bale (Huddersfield) and John Archer (Central Lancashire): Self-perceived Attractiveness, Romantic Desirability and Self-esteem: A Mating Sociometer Perspective. Oppressive regimes, and in some cases, even so-called enlightened modern democracies, have used book-banning as a weapon to suppress new ideas and inconvenient truths. An interview with Kevin Smokler, author of Practical Classics 50 Reasons to Reread Fifty Books You Haven't Touched Since High School. Angry Papuan leaders demand Jared Diamond apologizes — definitely some headline flair from Survival International. Nine centuries of chivalry: From February 9-15, 2013 the Sovereign Military Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta will be celebrating its 900th anniversary. Search is on for a national song for Montserrat.
From The Nation, a look at twenty ways Obama can use executive power to push a progressive agenda. Samuel Gregg on why Barack Obama needs to read Alexis de Tocqueville. From Intellectual Conservative, is Obama pushing for a civil war? Since his second stolen election, Obama and his Marxist minions are doing all they can to ignite civil disobedience from more than half of the nation’s population. The new era of conspiracy thinking: Joel Dyer on why people die when we talk about gun control. The president likes to make Republicans look like “kooks” — and they usually take the bait. The more Republicans know about politics, the more they believe conspiracy theories. Lucas Reilly on 8 government conspiracy theories (and how they could be right). With this conspiracy theory generator, just keep hitting refresh for more truth that "they" don't want you to know!
Paul L. Caron (Cincinnati) and James R. Repetti (BC): Occupy the Tax Code: Using the Estate Tax to Reduce Inequality. Edward D. Kleinbard (USC): Why Tax Revenues Must Rise. Thomas L. Hungerford (CRS): Reducing Federal Budget Deficits: Considerations. From National Affairs, Glenn Hubbard and Tim Kane on regaining America's balance: Only by changing the actual process of budgeting can we reach a bipartisan solution to our crushing deficits and debt. Tax Code 2.0: Extreme complexity is the new simplicity. Read my lips, yes, new taxes: The EU has passed a financial transaction tax — what’s America waiting for? Jason Stanley on philosopher kings and fiscal cliffs: Exploiting the public's confusion about fiscal policy for political advantage is a danger not just to the economy, but to democracy.